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December Book Mail: 2017 Holiday Edition

December Book Haul

Happy Saturday everyone! So, I’m back with a post of my December book mail. I just can’t stop buying books! In my defense, three of them are ARCs that I received, so I guess I can’t complain about spending money this time around. What I CAN complain about is how my TBR pile is seriously teetering at the end of my bed. I don’t have space in my room for a bookshelf, and since I share a house with four other friends, I refuse to put my books somewhere other than my room for fear of putting them in harm’s way! So, I’m working with the space I have. Which is literally every open square inch of counter space in my room. Okay. I’ll work on making room for a bookshelf. My books deserve better than that!

Anyways, in other uninteresting news, my BF is STILL IN ST. THOMAS ARGHHHHH! BUT we have a return date, and his flight home is already booked. He will be arriving in less than two weeks and I’M SO EXCITED!!

On to TV… I finally finished Stranger Things a few weeks ago. And it was utter perfection! I love the whole vibe of the show, like Poltergeist meets E.T. meets The Goonies. I can’t get enough! Also, Vikings is back as well as the final season of Fixer Upper. I love me some Chip and Joanna Gaines! I can’t get enough French doors, shiplap and subway tile!! (I’m literally watching reruns as I’m writing this post. No I’m not…) I’m also caught up on Riverdale after starting it a few weekends ago. Love it! I’m absolutely shipping for “Bughead!!!”

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My December Book Mail

Okay. Enough about me. Onto the books! This month I got my Book of the Month box, three ARCs and one Goodreads Deal eBook that I’m hoping to get to soon. I’ve worked some of them into my schedule for December and January, and others might have to wait.

The ARCs

I know I mentioned these books in my December TBR post last week, but let’s go into detail. I decided to take a shot in the dark and email a few publishers for some books I’m looking forward to next year. And, to my surprise, they were happy to send them to me! I was so over the moon! Never could I imagine I would get a ‘yes’ from one, let alone two!

I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

In 1917, the Bolsheviks force the entire Romanov Royal Family, including youngest daughter Anastasia, into the basement of their confinement house and execute them all by firing squad. Cut a few years later, and a young woman is pulled from a canal, and the first thing she claims is that she is the long-lost Anastasia Romanov. Unbelievers of her claim name her Anna Anderson, and this book follows her life and whether or not she is telling the truth. Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Russian history, and the story of the Romanov family is something I’ve read a lot about. Anna Anderson has come up quite a bit in my thirst for Russian history, so I was literally dying to get my hands on this book! I was denied on Netgalley, but approved by the publisher. I couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas gift!

How to Stop Time

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

Tom Hazard may look like a normal man in his forties, but he has a devastating secret: he has lived through centuries due to a rare health condition. But, after experiencing so much history, he just wants a normal life. He becomes a history teacher (of course!) in London, but the secret Albatross Society, who protects people with his condition, has only one rule: never fall in love. Does he listen? I can’t wait to find out! I saw this book on a Goodreads Giveaway, and I got some serious Benjamin Button vibes from it. History is my obsession, and this book seems to have a great deal of history involved in the story. But, at the same time, it appears very character-driven, which I also love. I happened to win it and I couldn’t be happier! And, Oh my goodness, that cover! I love the color of it!

The Great Alone

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Allbright family experiences a serious change of scenery when they move to Alaska after the father, Ernt loses his job. What follows seems to be idyllic: friendly neighbors help the family to live off the land, and the setting is gorgeous, especially in the summer. But, when winter comes with dark days and terrible cold, the family will be tested, as well as Ernt’s mental state. Daughter Leni and her mother, Cora, suddenly learn that they are on their own in surviving this Alaskan winter. This was another book I was graciously given by the publisher. I never thought I would get such an anticipated read! I read Hannah’s The Nightingale a few years ago, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! When I heard Kristin Hannah was releasing a new book, I jumped at the chance to grab it! Again, another gorgeous cover!

Book of the Month Club

I’m a Book of the Month member and I can honestly say I’ve never been let down by their monthly selections! And this month’s choices look no different. I chose two books, which is surprising, since ALL OF THEM were fantastic choices. I have added the other three to my library list for future reading!

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, Eddie and his friends have a secret code in which they draw stick figures with chalk. One of these drawings leads teenage Eddie to find a dismembered teenage girl in the woods. Fast forward to present day, and they all receive a letter with a single chalk man drawn on it. When one of them ends up dead, the rest of them realize that they will have to go back and face what really happened all of those years ago. I love books that are suspenseful and take place over multiple time periods. I was actually approved for the eARC on Netgalley, but I decided that I knew right away I was going to love this book that I needed a physical copy. So I added it to my box!

The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

There’s literally not much to this book blurb, so I’m not going to bother with a description. I added it to a future Anticipated Reads 2018 post, so I’ll go into more detail there. I picked this book mainly because it sounds. So. GOOD! I’ve seen nothing but great things written about it, and it’s Salt Water Reads on Instagram’s chosen book for January. I’m so glad they picked this one since it seems like a great book to discuss with other readers! Salt Water Reads is my very first book club, and their selections so far are amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better book club!

Goodreads Deal

Stillhouse Lake

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

I got an email the other day with some great eBook deals from Goodreads, and this book was only $1.99! I’ve had my eye on this series for a while now, so I jumped at the chance to pick it up. It follows a woman after her husband was found to be a serial killer. She changes their names and moves to Stillhouse Lake. Everything is going fine until a body turns up in the lake and threatening letters arrive in her mail. This is the first in a series, and I love the concept of the family left behind by a serial killer.

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Whew! And THAT’S my December Book Mail! I’ve already scheduled these books into the next few months of reading. Plus, on top of these, I have a few Netgalley eARCS I have to get to hopefully before the end of the year. I probably won’t get to all of them, but I’ve been scheduling my books in the order I want to read them (I’m very organized, somehow) so they will get done. I want to bump up my feedback ratio by February. What new books have you acquired that you’re most excited for? Are you joining in on any book clubs? Let me know below. Happy Reading!

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18 thoughts on “December Book Mail: 2017 Holiday Edition

  1. I have How To Stop Time sitting in my TBR pile. I haven’t seen that cover before though – that’s so cool. I Was Anastasia sounds really interesting. I don’t know much about Russian history, but I’ve always found that particular story quite sad but poignant! I hope you enjoy them all!

  2. It’s great that your boyfriend will be home in less than two weeks. That sounds like a great Christmas gift for you both.

    Also, yay on being approved/sent books by publishers. That is fantastic!

    I’ve gotten a few e-galleys and ARCs that I’m pretty excited about reading too. Perhaps I should make a post about it soon.

    1. I finished Chalk Man the other day and it didn’t disappoint! I’m really excited for the other two as well. Kristin Hannah is definitely a favorite author for me so check out her work if you can!

  3. I thought The Wife Between Us was amazing. There were SO MANY twists I didn’t see coming, especially the one at the halfway mark. I hope you enjoy it as well! I read Hannah’s Night Road several years ago and loved it, but I have yet to read any of her other books. The Great Alone sounds interesting, though, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

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